Philly Non-Sports Show Set for October

The next Philly Non-Sports card show is ready to go in October. The next installment of the largest non-sports card show in the US will take place Oct. 14 & 15. The show will once again take place at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA. East coast collectors are going to have a busy weekend in mid-October as the Philly show and NYCC are scheduled for the same weekend. From a GPK perspective, collectors will recognize one of the guest artists as veteran sketch artist David Acevedo. Other artists scheduled to attend are Jason Brower, Ted Dastick Jr., and Michael Munshaw. GPK sketch artist Rickey Kipfer will also be setup at the show as a vendor. Attendees of the show will have the chance to pickup a Topps approved promo card, Philly Sneezesteak, created by Perter Zies and Neil Camera.

The traditional Saturday dinner will feature guest speaker Gary Gerani. Gary, who has written the backs of many Topps non-sports cards over the years, will be on hand to talk about his recently released book, The Card King Chronicles. Attendees to the dinner will receive a Topps approved Halloween GPK card done by David Acevedo. Anyone wishing to attend the dinner can purchase tickets by emailing, [email protected]

Tickets for the show are available for $12 per day, or $20 for a two day pass. The show will be open on 10/14 from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM, and on 10/15 from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM. Collectors should not only be excited about the show in October, but plans are under way for the 80th show scheduled for May 18 & 19, 2024. The show will take place at a larger hall with more dealers! Dealers and collectors alike should start making plans now to attend this big milestone show.

GPK Promo Card for Philly Non-Sports Show Revealed

Longtime GPK artist David Gross revealed this weekend images of an official Topps Garbage Pail Kids promo card that will be available at next weekend’s Philly Non-Sports card show. The card is a promo for the brand new The Muppets Mayhem show on Disney+. The show is created by noted GPK collector Adam F Goldberg, and all episodes can be streamed now. The card features Dr. Teeth, with the other band members as teeth. It took some hoops to jump through, but Gross was able to get the approval from Topps to print the promo card. The card also serves as a promo for the current Prime Slime Trashy TV online sets being released weekly by Topps. The show takes place at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA on 5/20 & 5/21. There were 250 a/b versions printed of the card. The card will only be available from David Gross’ table at the show.

Philly Non-Sports Card Show Ready to Start Con Season

The largest non-sports card show in the country is ready for its 78th biannual show. The show is just two weeks away, taking place May 20th and 21st. Once again, the show will be held at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA. The show always has a huge Garbage Pail Kids presence, and this one is no exception. The featured artists at the show are GPK final card artists David Gross and Smokin Joe McWilliams, GPK sketch artist and GPK vs. Madballs artist Jason Crosby, and former GPK sketch artist John Cebollero. This is the perfect time to meet your favorite GPK artists and pickup some of their artwork as well.

There will once again be the traditional Saturday dinner held at the Hilton Garden Inn. Cost for the dinner is $40. The guest speaker will be Smokin Joe. Dinner attendees will receive an unofficial AI GPK themed card created by Smokin Joe. There will also be an unofficial Wacky card from Smokin Joe. To register for the dinner email Roxanne Toser. There will also be a Wacky Packages promo card given out to all attendees. The card’s concept is from Peter Zies and was painted by Neil Camera. There are two different backgrounds on the card, one handed out Saturday and the other Sunday. David Gross will have an official Topps GPK promo card at his booth, in addition to his own cards and prints available.

There will also be additional names GPK collectors are familiar at the show, Magic Marker Inc’s Mark Pingitore, sketch artist Ricky Kipfer, and George Wright will all have booths. There will also be booths to purchase plenty of GPK, headlined by Clint Coleman and GPK & Wacky Warehouse. According to the show promoter this is the most dealers they’ve ever had at the show.

The show will be open on Saturday 5/20 from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM, and Sunday 5/22 from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM. Tickets for the show are $12 for one day or $20 for a two day pass. This show has a different vibe than your huge cons, and it a great place to hang out with artists and collectors alike to share your passion of GPKs!

Philly Non-Sports Card Show on Tap for October

It’s convention season, and that means that the next Philly Non-Sports Card Show will soon be upon us. The show is set to take place October 15 & 16 at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA. Once again, Garbage Pail Kids will have a big presence at the show. Longtime GPK and Wacky Packages artist Neil Camera and GPK sketch artist David Acevedo will be guests at the show. Additional artists scheduled to attend are Neil’s daughter, Halsey Camera, Ted Dastick Jr., and Chris Foreman.

There will once again be a number of official Topps promo cards at the show. Anyone attending on Saturday will receive a GPK Halloween themed card done by Neil Camera. Sunday attendees will receive a Wacky Halloween card done by Halsey Camera. There will also be the traditional Saturday dinner at the Hilton Garden Inn. Anyone interested in attending the dinner should email Roxanne Toser to reserve your spot. Neil and Halsey Camera will be the guest speakers at the dinner. Attendees at the dinner will receive the 1a promo card of Adam & Nick, done by artist David Acevedo. The 1b version, Billy & Eddie, will be given to show attendees on Sunday.

The show will be open Saturday 10/15 from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM, and Sunday 10/16 from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM. Tickets will be available at the door for $12 per day or $20 for a two day pass. Another great opportunity for collectors to attend the largest non-sports trading card show in the country!

Philly Non-Sports Card Show Set for May

The twice a year Philly Non-Sports Card show is back to their regular schedule. The show returned last October after a two year delay due to Covid restrictions. Now the regular May show schedule and guests are set. The show will once again be held at The Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA. At this time there are no Covid restrictions for entering the show.

Garbage Pail Kids collectors will recognize many of the faces at this year’s show. OS artist James Warhola, former art director and GPK artist Jeff Zapata, and current artist Chris Meeks will all be featured artists at the show. Artist Ingrid Hardy will also be a featured artist. Former GPK artist Mark Pingitore will have a booth to support his Magic Marker Art company. Adam Bomb himself will be making an appearance both days of the show. There will be a special licensed card passed out in his honor at the show. The “a” version will be passed out Saturday, while the “b” version will be passed out Sunday.

There will be a Saturday night dinner hosted by Sidekick at the Hilton Garden Inn. Cost is $27 per person, anyone interested in a ticket should contact Roxanne Toser. The deadline for hotel reservations for the show hotel is 4/27. Early risers on Sunday will also have the chance to attend the artist card talk session. Admission for the show is $10 per day, or $15 for a two day pass. The show will be open Saturday May 21 from 10:00 AM-5:00 PM and Sunday May 22 from 10:00 AM-3:00 PM. Collectors will not want to miss this show!

Philly Non-Sports Card Show Returns at New Location

Update: Here are images of the promo cards that collectors will receive with paid admission (while supplies last).

Garbage Pail Kids collectors can rejoice, the return to in person cons is back! Two years after the last in person event, the Philly Non-Sports Card Show is set to return October 16-17. The show had to cancel the past three events due to the Covid pandemic. The Philly show is the largest non-sports card show in the country. The show will feature a number of changes and adjustments to comply with local safety measures. The biggest change is the venue. The show will be held at The Greater Philadelphia Convention Center (Hall E) in Oaks, PA. Additionally, anyone over 12 years old attending the show, including dealers, must show proof of vaccination. Masks are recommended, but not required.

The show will once again have a heavy GPK presence. GPK final card artists David Gross and Smokin’ Joe McWilliams highlight attending artists that also include Robert Jimenez and Lily Mercado, who have also done online and sketch card work for Garbage Pail Kids. Artist Ingrid Hardy will also be in attendance. GPK collectors also will find Mark Pingitore’s Magic Marker Art booth. Other companies attending are Sidekick Labs, Cryptozoic, Rittenhouse, and the Collector Connection. Collectors attending the show will also be given officially licensed GPK promo cards from artists David Gross and Smokin’ Joe. Kids and adults alike will even be able to take photos with Topps’ GPK Spokesperson, Adam Bomb!

Admission for the show is $10 per day, or $15 for a two day pass. The show will be open Saturday Oct. 16 from 10:00 AM-5:00 PM and Sunday Oct. 17 from 10:00 AM-3:00 PM. There will be no dinner this time, while a card talk session is still TBD. Everyone is sure to have a great time meeting their favorites artists and hanging out with their fellow collectors.

Philly Non-Sport Virtual Call Features Topps Announcments

COVID-19 wasn’t able to stop Topps news from coming out at the Philly Non-Sports card show. The show is being held virtually this weekend. Today’s first virtual card talk session featured Topps Ira Friedman and Jessica Kanzer. The call was hosted by show promoter Harris Tosar.

Topps VP of licensing Ira Friedman took the first half of the call to go over all the various licensing efforts Topps is working on for Garbage Pail Kids. Ira told collectors Topps is focused on making GPK a global brand. He first reviewed a number of products that are for the core GPK collector. USAopoly is planning to release two new puzzles in 2021, plus a new unannounced product. There will be 3 new Geekitikis in the second series coming in Nov. Funko will release new POPs in early 2021. Greenlight will have the already announced 3rd series of die-cast cars in 2021. Ira showed off the GPK playing card deck during the talk. He said they would be sold at both FYE and ToyNK. He also showed the recent playing card coins from GPKNation, and talked about their weekly limited releases. He also had the Super7 reaction figure of Adam Bomb, and said he hoped it would lead to more figures.

Next Ira spoke of products that were focused on a broader audience. He mentioned the continued FYE consumables they continue to come out with. The Wal-Mart GPK advent calendar was shown. Ira said the calendar will be sold in 900 stores nationwide. He then talked about trying to being GPKs to kids. Part of that will include two more announcements with toy companies coming in 2021, that will focus on products to bring kids into the hobby. Finally, in some big news, Ira said they are working on various video game initiatives, and there will be some announcements in 2021.

Ira then went on to talk about the various partnerships they are working on. He said there would be a new partnership announcement in Dec. for 2021. He then talked about the success of the RL Stine book, and being #7 on this weeks NY Times kids best seller list. He showed off the audio version of the book, featured on 6 CDs. He mentioned there will be more books on the way from RL Stine. Finally he said their stop motion partnership with Jam Roll Studios is continuing. There is an upcoming much longer 3 part videos series coming out soon from the company. The first part 3 1/2 min video will debut this December. Part 2 will come in the first quarter of 2021, with part 3 in the 2nd quarter.

Finally Ira talked about global expansion. He said various GPK products would be offered in other countries that have supported GPK. He also mentioned in 2021 they are working on new card sets for other countries featuring not only existing, but new artwork as well.

Next to speak was Topps Entertainment Brand Manager Jessica Kanzer. Jessica started by giving an overview of the upcoming 35th anniversary set. Jessica showed a picture of the Garbage Can Tin that will be the box on the Collector boxes. She mentioned there are two versions, one will be limited. Next she talked about the Chrome OS 3 set. In addition to the OS 3 base cards, there are nine new pieces that were created for the set. She said Tom Bunk signed a number of cards for the set, but they were not able to get John Pound to sign autos this time. She mentioned she is also excited for the 2021S1 Food Fight release, and work is starting for the second half releases in 2021.

Jessica also talked about some upcoming releases for The second series of Trashy Treasures will be coming in Nov. She showed off one of the figures, Nat Nerd. She said there will be a Halloween themed release on 10/22, with two additional holiday themed releases planned for the rest of the year. She also said the weekly GPK card sets would continue in 2021 with a different theme.

Topps doesn’t speak often on GPK so this was incredible insight being shared with collectors. Hats off to the Philly Non-Sport promoters for putting the talk together. The show has 6 more various non-sport related talks scheduled through the weekend.

Philly Non-Sports Show Goes Virtual in October

Covid 19 has caused the cancellation of most of the cons and card shows around the country in 2020. Taking a page from SDCC, the Philly Non-Sports Card Show is going virtual in October. Show promoters have scheduled a number of sessions with card industry leaders to take place Oct. 16-18, 2020. The sessions will be available to anyone who purchases a pass. The purchase also comes with two exclusive Philly Non-Sports cards, continuing their industry card series. Passes are $10 for US address, and $15 for international address. (Passes are only available while supplies last.)

The highlight of the show for Garbage Pail Kids collectors will be the Topps presentation, scheduled for for 10/16 at 10:00 AM EST. Ira Friedman and Jessica Kanzer are both scheduled to appear. Friedman is Topps VP of Licensing, and will be able to talk about all the various GPK products. Kanzer is the Brand Manager over GPK, this will be the first time she has be interviewed since taking over the reins of the brand. Long time GPK sketch artist Chenduz will have a session on 10/18 at 10:00 AM EST. Tom Lichtman from Sidekick Publishing and Adam Levine will have a session on 10/17 at 10:00 AM EST to talk about their Marks Attacks card set. See picture below for the complete lineup.

Collectors can signup for the virtual sessions, by going to the Philly Non-Sports website.

October Philly Non-Sports Card Show Cancelled

In what is a surprise to no one, the October Philly Non-Sports card show has been cancelled. Show organizers made the announcement on their website and social channels yesterday. In a statement on their website they said, “As much as we love the hobby and love the show, the safety and health of everyone involved is our most important concern.” The Philly show, held twice a year, is the largest non-sports card show in the country. Organizers announced they are looking forward to the shows in 2021, which are scheduled to be held May 15/16 and Oct. 16/17.